Complex Instrument Allowance at Mutual Funds

63 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2017 Last revised: 23 Jul 2021

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Paul Calluzzo

Queen's University - Smith School of Business

Fabio Moneta

Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa

Selim Topaloglu

Queen's University - Smith School of Business

Date Written: July 22, 2021

Abstract

We study the allowance and use of derivatives, leverage, and illiquid assets by mutual funds. We observe that an increasing number of funds are granted access to these complex instruments over our sample period. In contrast to previous studies, we find that the allowance of these complex instruments is associated with poor performance and higher risk. The underperformance is most acute during market downturns, and among mutual funds that are allowed to use derivatives. We also find that mutual funds underperform when they actually use complex instruments. Overall, our results suggest caution in allowing funds to use these complex instruments.

Keywords: mutual funds, complex instruments, leverage, derivatives, illiquid assets, borrowing, margin, short selling, options, futures, restricted securities, performance, risk

JEL Classification: G11, G23

Suggested Citation

Calluzzo, Paul and Moneta, Fabio and Topaloglu, Selim, Complex Instrument Allowance at Mutual Funds (July 22, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2938146 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2938146

Paul Calluzzo

Queen's University - Smith School of Business ( email )

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Fabio Moneta

Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa ( email )

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Selim Topaloglu (Contact Author)

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